Opening – scene of the crime

As I was working on my speech for the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, I was listening to a storytelling lesson by Darren LaCroix, and he reminded [...]

Clear and Simple

Darren's #10 Speaking Mistake was, Not Getting Clear on the Message. (more on his top 10 list here). I was asked recently, "What if I don't have a point for [...]

Toastmasters: Winning your Area Contest

Just one short week after my club contest win, I competed in our Area Contest. I was representing my club in the International Speech Contest category; I did [...]

Toastmasters: Winning your Club Contest

My club held our International Speech and Table Topics contests yesterday (Thursday). After my District win in the Fall Evaluation Contest, I decided to pursue [...]

You must get them involved

When you speak to a friend or your boss, do you simply talk for 30-minutes without a pause? Do you ask a list of questions and proceed without hearing any [...]

Toastmasters: What does YOUR club need?

Have you ever gone into a situation expecting a certain outcome, and found that you misjudged the situation completely? Recently, I ran a brainstorming [...]

Five things to have on stage

I recently read a writing prompt (The Writer's Idea Book, Jack Heffron) that suggested writing about the 5 things you would want to have with you if you were [...]

Good Toastmaster Lessons

Here's three important lessons you should know about Toastmasters: 1. Toastmasters has the flexibility to let you choose your path to success. Many [...]

Toastmasters: Say it ain’t so

Say it ain't so! Last night I gave a not-so-well prepared speech at my Toastmasters club. I chose the Competent Communicator (CC) Project #4 - How to say it. [...]

Toastmasters: Why you won’t win your contest

Have you been practicing? Working on your contest speech? Did you manage to win your club, area or division contest? You probably did it one of two ways. [...]